The photo of this beautiful child inspired me for the past several months as I wrote a new book for children set during World War II. I would welcome the chance to find out more about her.
Who was this beautiful little Japanese girl who was about to be evacuated from Hayward, California? The photo was taken by Dorothea Lange, but I haven’t been able to find the child’s name anywhere on the Internet. Where was she sent? Which internment camp? Manzanar, Minidoka, Heart Mountain – where? How long was she kept there, and when was she set free?
Just look at that smile! We can only hope that no matter what happened to her next, in the days after the photo was taken, this luminous child’s spirit wasn’t broken.